If you were following along on our Twitter & Instagram this past week, you may have noticed that our Executive Director, Tammy Davis was making her way from the West Coast of the island, back to the East Coast. This is something we try to do each year, in an effort to meet with the many charities we fund across the province.
Here’s a little recap of the groups we were able to meet with on this particular visit!
Vine Place Community Centre – Corner Brook
Funded Program: Junior Police Academy for At-Risk Youth ($3,800)
The Junior Police Academy was a four day/three night program for at-risk youth which focused on active lifestyles through education and learning activities. Funding was used to secure meals and lodging at Killdevil Camp, as well as for the purchase of program materials and delivery.
Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation – Norris Point
Funded Program: Roof Repairs on Julia Ann Walsh Heritage Center ($20,000)
Funding is being used to complete essential roof repairs to the Center, as well as upgrades to the bathrooms in the hostel area. The Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation is a non-profit whose purpose is the adaptive re-use of the old hospital for the preservation of culture & heritage, promotion of health & wellness, and community economic & social development.
Brighton 50+ Club – Brighton
Funded Program: Active Living ($2,000)
This program is providing members of the 50+ Club with the opportunity of ongoing physical activity and social engagement. Funding has been used for the purchase of Boccia, a Wii system & software, a bingo machine, and travel costs for activities such as
bowling & movies.
Corduroy Brook Enhancement Trail – Grand Falls-Windsor
Funded Program: Children’s Nature Camp & Seniors Activity Project ($9,500)
Both programs focus on activity, healthy eating and improving the overall health of the participants. By utilizing the Corduroy Brook Nature Trails an appreciation of the preservation and conservation of the area is instilled in participants. Funding was used for healthy food and snacks, materials and supplies, promotion, and labour expenses.
Gander Boys & Girls Club – Gander
Funded Program: Parenting Workshops/Program ($9,570)
This program focuses on the preteen and teen development period. This is often a time when parents find themselves challenged. The workshops are being delivered in a series with topics including technology, development and so much more. United Way funding was used for staff, supplies, materials, and fees for activities and the facility.
Community Sector Council – Gander
Funded Program: Working Together to Welcome ($9,550)
This program will help the Gander Refugee Outreach Committee develop a volunteer program to provide the necessary supports and resources for the 5-7 Syrian families being resettled into the Gander and Lewisporte areas. Funding is being used to develop a volunteer recruitment plan, training program, an orientation session and a document of best practices/lessons learned.
Norris Arm Boys & Girls Club – Norris Arm
Funded Program: Tween and Teen Programs ($9,800)
The Tween program is for children ages 10-12 years who are too old for the After School Program and too young for the Teen Program. The Teen Program is for youth ages 13-18, and is intended to keep the teens off the streets and in a safe environment. Funding is being used for healthy food for cooking classes, snacks, crafts and activity supplies, field trips, family fun events, guest speakers, and part time staff.
Royal Pandora 50+ Club – Salvage
Funded Program: Upgrade Present Facilities ($9,000)
Funding has been used to enable facility access to many seniors in the community who would otherwise be unable to participate by making washrooms wheelchair accessible and adding a new wheelchair ramp.
And that’s a wrap!
Despite the near disastrous start – thanks to Hurricane Matthew wreaking havoc across the parts of the province we were visiting – it was another successful adventure! There is nothing quite like getting out to see first-hand, the programs we’ve funded and the individuals we’ve impacted. This is your Community Fund at work!